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Rainy Day Spirit!

Thursday, 6 December, 2018 - 9:24 pm

It ain’t over until Monday, when we light up Montana with eight points of light, but the first five nights have already been so illuminating. I was blown away by the L’Chaim toasts we made with the massive crowd gathered for Chanukah Bash 2018, I was touched by those who braved the cold and came out to the Menorah lighting in Livingston, I was invigorated by the Jews and gentiles who celebrated the Maccabees victory together in Dillon, I was moved by those celebrating with us while incarcerated at Montana State Prison and Warm Springs, I was enthused by the MAJCO Menorah lighting in Helena with Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney, and the kids and I really enjoyed lighting Menorah's in Attorney General Tim Fox's office and with Commissioner Matt Rosendale (all Chanukah pics will post next week G-d willing), but what took my breath away this entire week was the fact that for the first time ever there are three full-service Chabad centers operating in Big Sky Country, providing soul sustenance to Montanan Jewry.

In this week’s Torah portion, Mikeitz, we read about Joseph interpreting The Pharaoh’s dreams, something his sorcerers and astrologers couldn’t do correctly. He tells the Egyptian ruler that seven years of plenty will ensue followed by seven years of famine and Egypt must retain the services of a Controller to ensure food is stockpiled for the famine years. The Pharaoh loves the idea and hired Joseph as his Viceroy to ensure just that. This role leads Joseph to the eventual reunion with his family, starting with his brothers who sold him into slavery, as they are forced to travel from Israel to Egypt to purchase food.  

In life, we too have times of plenty and other times of famine. There are times that we struggle with our interpersonal relationships, our rapport with G-d and sometimes we just struggle with everything, with life itself. It is important to think ahead and, when times are spiritually, emotionally and mentally good, to store the courage that will be needed to sustain us when things aren’t pretty, when life is giving us a run for our money. It’s not that life will be perfect, as by definition that’s impossible, but rather, that we will have the inner space needed to see those struggles, those downturns, as temporary challenges which is what they are, instead of life altering catastrophes which they aren’t. Joseph taught us to load up on “G-d”, so that when He’s in hiding, we can still say Shema Yisroel loud and clear.

Set aside a spiritual Rainy-Day Fund, today!

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Moshiach speedily. May He protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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